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Proof of concept

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Proof of concept 2018-05-07T11:00:48+00:00

 

Do national parks have an aura? Benefits and values for citizen scientists of wildlife that spill over from reserves.

Research

Engage citizen scientists, and appropriate partners to enable video/audio traps to be placed in parks and in many back-yards/properties at different distances from parks. Citizen scientists are involved at two stages; first in deploying video/audio traps and collecting the data, and second, in helping to identify species in the video and audio. The goal is to demonstrate outcomes across the spectrum of the network in collaboration with industry partners. Specific locations will be selected in consultation with partners.

Questions

Technology

How accurately can video images be classified to species level, using a challenging group of small vertebrates? Can AI take advantage of the extra information in video to get better classifications than using still images? Can vertebrates be identified from sounds associated with the video?

Ecology

Does the number of species of small animals (lizards, frogs, small and medium mammals) in the landscape depend on the amount and type of nearby parks and reserves, the spatial arrangement of native vegetation or site-level habitat quality?

Health

Does the well-being benefit for citizen scientists of engaging in video-trapping depend on the diversity and abundance of species they video trapped? A broader question could also be addressed: Is there a health-aura of national parks, that is, does society reap health benefits from parks in proportion to their proximity to large parks?

Economics

What is the value of citizen science, in terms of collecting data, and health problems avoided?

Engagement

Does the way citizen scientists engage with nature change from before to after collecting data on small vertebrates?